My Art is our program of individual sessions for adults and children. These are tailored sessions where you work one on one with an art therapist. No artistic skill or knowledge is needed to benefit.
Art Therapy (like Music Therapy) requires a Masters degree with clinical training and competence in using a large range of art mediums. In our sessions we follow your interests and abilities to reach your identified goals. No art making skills are necessary.
We offer choice of many mediums in our sessions including clay, paint, collage, drawing, construction, natural materials, printmaking and inks. We also offer more sensory engagement materials – eg: shaving foam and paint, slime, cloud dough. It can get messy and very fun as well as meaningful and goal oriented.
Some examples of goals for art therapy can be: increasing emotion regulation skills, improving social skills, expressing difficult feelings non-verbally, increasing self-awareness and communication skills.
Our Registered Art Therapist, Katishe Grudnoff, has extensive experience in both mental health and disabilities and is especially passionate about supporting people with disabilities to who struggle with their mental health and find verbal therapies difficult. Katishe is confident working with people who are highly anxious and non-verbal.
While engaging in art making, and when your hands are busy, you may find it easier to open up and tell your story. Katishe has many ways of supporting a playful, experimental approach to art making that decreases the anxiety of creating something that is “beautiful” and “perfect”. It is all about the process not the end product.
Sessions can look very varied. Some people want to work on a certain project that is of interest to them, while others are engaged better by experimentation with sensory materials – squishing, splatting, scribbling and running fingers through textures. Your art therapist will sometimes co-create with you, and demonstrate playfully how to engage with the materials.
If you are working with other health professionals we are happy to liaise with them to provide an integrated approach. If you have an NDIS plan, we will take into account your broader goals.
Individual sessions for art therapy can be funded through your NDIS plan and as a registered provider we would be happy to talk with your planner about your needs. For more information about NDIS, click here.